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Ben Ainslie's Olympic Boat Back in Cornwall

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Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 2:56pm 20th August 2012

Another Cornish Olympic hero is being welcomed home.

Ben Ainslie's boat has arrived back at Falmouth's Maritime Museum.

"Rita" helped the Restronguet sailor to his fourth gold and he has told Pirate FM sailing her is hard work: "To sail a Finn I have to change my physical shape quite a lot. My natural body weight is around eighty to eighty-five kilos and really to sail a Finn well you have to be up around ninety-five to a hundred kilos. It takes a lot of time in the gym and a lot of weight training trying to keep the muscle mass up.

"It's one of those boats that is really an extension of yourself. Some boats are quite big and obviously there's more than one guy in there but the Finn, it's an extension of your body. You're really working the boat, you're really feeling it through the waves and it's a really physical boat, especially when the winds are strong."

Ben Lumby is the Exhibitions Manager at the Museum.

He has told Pirate FM that "Rita" was still wet when they rigged her: "Everyone's now heard of Ben. He's such a high-profile sailor and I think there's a lot of pride. People want to get close and touch that Olympic magic and actually come up and touch his boat and see the battle scars of his Olympic campaign."

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